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Fencing Returns Home to Host Annual Garret Open

Nov. 4, 2015

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Penn State's Najiyyah Clark

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Penn State fencing team returns to the White Building this weekend to host the 43rd annual Garret Penn State Open. The Nittany Lions will host Ohio State, University of Pennsylvania, University of North Carolina, Notre Dame, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Temple, Brown, and Yale.

The Penn State women's squad will compete on Saturday, Nov. 7 starting at 8:30 a.m. with epee and foil. The sabre competition will begin at 11 a.m.

Competing this weekend for the women's team are as followed:

Epee: Jessie Radanovich (Tollhouse, Calif.), Julia Higson (State College, Pa.), Alissa Hofmann (Cambridge, Mass.), Anastasia Kalonji (Rennes, France), Shelby Kaplan (Niantic, Conn.), Jessica O'Neill-Lyublinsky (North Salem, N.Y.), Nicolette Vigna (Thornwood, N.Y.), and Sarah Waller (McKinney, Texas).

Foil: Tiffany Adrien (Hollis, N.Y.), Kasey Iverson (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Clarisse Luminet (Lyon, France), Desree Ortega-Furgeson (Wyoming, Mich.), and Daniella Ortiz (Bayside, N.Y.).

Sabre: Brianne Cavaliere (Wayne, N.J.), Kathryn Charpin (Setauket, N.Y.), Erin McLoughlin (San Jose, Costa Rica), DeAna Oliver (Montclair, N.J.), and Jacqueline Rozpedowski (Flemington, N.J.).

The Penn State men's fencing team will begin competition the following day, Nov. 8, starting first with epee and foil at 8 a.m. and beginning sabre at 11 a.m.

Competing this weekend for the men's team are as followed:

Epee: Patrick August (Las Vegas, N.V.), Joshua Cole (Chappaqua, N.Y.), Farzaan Karimi (Medfield, Mass.), Anton Piskovatskov (Houston, Texas), Conor Shepard (Colleyville, Texas), Lars Swanson (Mendham, N.J.), and Oskar Tang (Gothenbur, Sweden).

Foil: Stephen Barnett (Clinton, Conn.), Nobuo Bravo (San Francisco, Calif.), Howie Chan (Walnut, Calif.), Richard Cho (Seoul, South Korea), Julian Fevry (St. Albans, N.Y.), Nicolas Graziano (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Dylan Pyne (Princeton, N.J.), and Paul Valigorski (DuBois, Pa.).

Sabre: David Akrami (Piano, Texas), Alejandro Andrade (Quito, Ecuador), Marcel Dolegiewicz (Park Ridge, Ill.), Eduardo Lara (Queretaro, Mexico), Gaspar Lesznik (Wyckoff, N.J.), Adam Lewicki (Oakland, N.J.), Andrew Mackiewicz (Westwood, Mass.), Karol Metryka (Linden, N.J.), Kaito Streets (Redwood City, Calif.), and Gavin Turner (Rehoboth, Mass.).

The Nittany Lions return home looking to continue the momentum from last weekend's showing at the Temple Open. The two-day long competition saw multiple freshmen breakout performances. Fevry and Turner finished in first place on foil and sabre, respectively. Cole came in second and Kalonji tied for third place on epee for Penn State.

Check back on GoPSUsports for daily recaps of the weekend's collegiate fencing action. Penn State fans are encouraged to follow Penn State fencing via Twitter at, on Penn State Fencing's Facebook page at and on Instagram at




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